The Bruins enter Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday at TD Garden with a 7-2 record in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
They hope to continue their solid play in front of the faithful and grab a series lead on the Chicago Blackhawks by riding the energy of the crowd.
“It’s always a lot of fun to be in your hometown and play in front of your crowd, especially in the finals where everything is so crazy,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said after the team’s morning skate. “You saw how Chicago was. It was still fun to be in an atmosphere like that but we are very happy to be home.”
In the Bruins’ nine home games, they have averaged 2.89 goals per game. Meanwhile, they’ve allowed just 1.89 goals per game to the opposition. In the 2011 Cup final against the Vancouver Canucks, the Bruins were 3-0 on home ice.
“Obviously, I think ever since I’ve been here the crowds have been unbelievable,” forward Shawn Thornton said. “And we’ve had the same core group of guys around for the last six years. So I think that we appreciate this building and we like playing in here.”
At morning skate, the Bruins utilized the same forward lines that helped them win Game 2 in overtime Saturday. The only change to the Blackhawks’ lineup is scheduled to be Viktor Stalberg skating on the fourth line instead of Brandon Bollig.